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Album Review

After the creative and commercial misfire of their third album, Strictly Personal, Detroit's the Romantics took a step in the right direction with their next effort, 1983's In Heat. While the hard rock production of Strictly Personal was pure overkill, In Heat was the band's leanest effort to date, and though producer Pete Solly doesn't reprise the neo-Shel Talmy sound he brought to their debut, he puts the focus here on the group's strengths — straightforward pop/rock tunes with a big beat, big hooks, sharp harmonies and plenty of energy. It also helped that Mike Skill returned to the band for this LP as bassist, bringing a knack for a good tune with him, and Coz Canler learned to rein in his guitar style, giving the performances on this disc a tighter and more compact sound that fits the material just right. The band nodded to their musical roots with a pair of pair of appropriate covers, "Open Up Your Door" (a big hit in Michigan in its original version from Richard & the Young Lions and "Shake a Tail Feather" (a rocked-up version of Andre Williams' R&B perennial), and while the album's two big hits, "Talking in Your Sleep" and "One in a Million," are a far cry from "What I Like About You," they're clever and memorably hooky, and after Strictly Personal they were a breath of fresh air. In Heat was the Romantics' most commercially successful album, and while it certainly isn't their best, it's an entertaining showcase of what these guys did well.

Customer Reviews


OMG what took so long to get this available?! This is by far the album that launched the popularity of the Romantics. The sound is great, the mood is happy. Rock it up!

Their Best Album is Finally Available...and it's rock n' rollin!!!

Like the title says: The Romantics best album. Jimmy Marinos (drums / lead vocals), Wally Palmar (guitars / lead vocals), Coz Canler (lead guitars) and Mike Skill (bass / guitars) made an album that featured some of the greatest tunes of the 80s, as simple as that. "Rock You Up", "One In A Million", "Talking in Your Sleep" and "I'm Hip" will get you rockin' and dancin' like you did in your teens. Buy it now!!!

The Romantics absolute best!

The best the Romantics ever offered and one of the best albums of the 1980's!


Formed: 1977 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Such power pop founders as the Raspberries and Big Star may have been woefully underappreciated during their initial run in the early '70s, but by the end of the decade, several of their offspring had taken the style to the upper reaches of the charts -- including Cheap Trick, the Knack, and the Romantics. But what set the group apart from their similarly styled peers was their inheritance of the high-energy attack of their Detroit forefathers, as well as their affinity for bouffant hairstyles and...
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In Heat, The Romantics
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Rock
  • Released: 1983

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